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The Week in Geek: Oct. 12, 2012

I had a ton of great links. Then I accidentally exited the window and didn’t realize it for a few minutes. Now you’re stuck with what I remembered finding. Sorry, the internet is a fickle fig.

mario+luigi droids

What makes you think we’re the droids you’re looking for? Itsa me, Luigi, sir! Image courtesy of Andrea Gerstmann Art.

You’re not the only ones trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. Professional Caricaturist Andrea Gerstmann gives everyone’s favorite droids a costumed makeover.  (via Neatorama)

These brother’s built an absurdly detailed Lego Batcave with more than 20,000 pieces over the course of six months. That’s impressive, but what I really want to know is if they managed to do all that and never step on a brick barefoot. (via Kotaku)

TJ has to make Sophie’s Choice…between two games.

John Gurdon won the 2012 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine and is generally considered to be, in technical terms, a Science Beast. However, in 1949, a high school teacher said pursuing a career as a scientist would be a “sheer waste of time.” Guess what Gurdon now has framed?

The New York Times has a fabulous profile on lady-geek entrepreneur/ voice actress Ashley Eckstein and her geek-with-boobies-friendly clothing company, Her Universe. Note: My birthday is coming up, and my closet is conspicuously lacking this.

Arrow premiered and now it looks like I won’t be the only one on staff watching the CW anymore!

oscar + bigbird droids

I’m going to make a Mitt Romney joke here because I’m liberal and topical! Image courtesy of Andrea Gerstmann Art.

The PS1’s graphics often looked like the “Money for Nothing” video, and the licensed games had a tendency to be a giant ball of suck. Topless Robot has six licensed games that not only rock, but still stand up to playing.

Yeah, I lack the skill to make these spectacular geek-o-lanterns. Could I interest you in a charmingly lopsided face? (via MentalFloss)

Just when you think the world couldn’t get any better, what with the crunchy leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, and my wedding coming up (You know you care), Pixar releases a charming short, “Partysaurus Rex.” (via /Film)

In related news, Pixar has created a delightful website for Monsters University. Not the movie, the university the monsters go to in the movie. Oh. Pixar, thank you for filling my week with win! (via TDW)

Thinking thoughts about Angry Birds: Star Wars Gabrielle has.

Remember the eccentric billionaire who sad, “Bah!” to science and reason and set out to build his own Jurassic Park? Well science and reason have respectfully replied with a logical smackdown of your childhood hopes and dreams.

Steampunk and crafty (Aren’t all Steampunks somewhat crafty, or is that a stereotype?) people alike will be interested in Needles and Artifice, a book of Steampunk knitting patters.

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Doctor Who Series 7 Themes

Thar be spoilers ahead, matey.  /endpirate

Doctor Who has aired only two episodes so far in season 7, but themes have already started to emerge. What they mean and how they pan out, I can only guess, but Steven Moffat and the Who writing team always seem to have a surprise or two up their sleeves. So, I’m just going to list some of the themes I’ve noticed thus far. Let me know if you’ve noticed other recurring themes or if you think I’m just a quack.

1. The Williams/Ponds are involuntary companions.

In “Asylum of the Daleks,” Amy and Rory were kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest enemies and forced down onto the asylum planet to accompany our favorite Time Lord. In “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” the Doctor just materialized the Ponds/Williams into the Tardis with barely even a greeting.

As much as they both love The Doctor (and as much as Amy says she craves excitement), I don’t think that the Ponds are too keen on traveling with him anymore. You’ll notice during “Dinosaurs” that Amy and Rory are extremely competent during the space adventure, but they don’t seem to be finding a whole lot of joy in it. Not like Brian, Rory’s dad, who seemed blown away by the wonder that was space and time travel. The Ponds aren’t overly impressed anymore.

The conversation near the end of “Dinosaurs” between Amy and the Doctor points to something interesting, too. The Doctor mentions that Amy and Rory and he will be together until something happens to the Doctor; Amy replies something to the effect of “or something happens to us,” which the Doctor laughs off.

This is either foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen to the Ponds, or perhaps they are trying to ween the Doctor off them. Or both. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them gets hurt due to the Doctor drafting them involuntarily into an adventure.

2. Flickering Lights.

Remember Amy’s dressing room in “Asylum?” And then, there was Rory and Brian trying to fix the light in “Dinosaurs.” Lights often represent thoughts or ideas, which brings me to…

3. The bad guys don’t remember/know who the Doctor is.

Oswin Oswald erases the Doctor from the Daleks’ collective “memory” in “Asylum,” and Solomon has never heard of the Doctor in “Dinosaurs.” Plus, the Doctor doesn’t appear in Solomon’s special scanner database thingy.

My theory? I have two.

Theory A: The Silence have figured out some way to infect the Doctor with their forgetting properties. If  not the Silence, then someone else has. Memory loss is already a recurring theme this season, like when Amy couldn’t remember that she and the Doctor had the same conversation 4 times. Do the lights point to the Ponds forgetting about The Doctor?

Theory B: The flickering lights pertain to the Weeping Angels. If that’s the case, then they are actually foreshadowing what is going to happen to Amy and Rory.

Theory C: Both things happen, and it’s scary!

4. The Doctor gets violent.

Exploding Daleks. Exploding Solomon. The Doctor hasn’t been afraid to erase his enemies from existence this season. Again, I think this points to the Doctor’s enemies figuring out a way to erase him from existence as well.

Okay. What did I miss? Am I completely wrong in my theories? Is everything just the angry ghost of Adric coming back to have his revenge on the Doctor that couldn’t save him?

Ehh… probably not.

 

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Doctor Who vs. Daleks, Dinosaurs

The new Doctor Who series 7 trailer is out, and it looks like the good Doctor is ready for another set of grand adventures!

We already know this is the end of Amy and Rory, and I’m sure many of you Whovians already know who’s taking their place. But, it looks like the end is going to be messy; someone’s not going to make it out alive this time. After all Rory’s “deaths” last series, I’m eager to see how it all pans out.

Are they going to kill Amy? Part of me would be fine with that. Save poor Rory. Image courtesy of BBC.

Daleks, again? I know the Daleks are pretty much the villain of choice, or maybe just the most notorious, but I must admit that I’m getting a little tired of them. I rather perked up during the preview when Rory asked who killed all the Daleks.

“Who killed all the Daleks?” Rory says.

The camera tightens on the Doctor.

“Who do you think?” the Doctor says.

Nice.

Also, DINOSAURS in space? Perfect! It’s such a fun, ridiculous idea, wonderful for the Doctor.

What do you think, fellow Whovians? Does this preview have you salivating for series 7?

(Get a little insight on the awesome pic here, and snag some sweet wallpaper while you’re at it!)

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